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Forum topic by KenBry posted 03-30-2012 01:26 AM 875 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2012 01:26 AM

Hi guys, I need a fast method to measure large quantities of lumber so i can get total board feet. I was thinking of measuring length by width by height of a total stack. Am I on the right track?

Fwiw, i ordered 300 ft and i want to make sure i don’t get shorted

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.


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#1 posted 03-30-2012 02:10 AM

Is a vendor delivering it or did you order it online and will be shipped common carrier?

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#2 posted 03-30-2012 02:17 AM

You are on track sir.

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#3 posted 03-30-2012 02:22 AM

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#4 posted 03-30-2012 02:44 AM

I have to pick it up at the yard tomorrow. I ordered it on the way home from work today

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#5 posted 03-30-2012 02:51 AM

Thanks guys

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#6 posted 03-30-2012 03:21 AM

If you’re picking it up then ask them to show you how they measure lumber to get the total board feet…with your lumber. Most likely you’ll get more than you ordered because of the size of the boards.
I recently had 200 brd feet of Ambrosia Maple arrive to my shop. When we unloaded it we had 213 brd feet because of the size of the boards. 300 brd feet of Cherry ordered…305 was unloaded. 500 brd feet of Curley Maple…309 brd feet was unloaded.

A lot of vendors will also deduct a percentage of brd feet for shrinkage. This is common in the industry so don’t get wigged out if they tell you that. I always order anywhere from 10 to 15% more than what I need depending on the spices of wood.

When I order Popular and Oak I always order 10” and wider. Less boards but usually better boards.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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